The Bhaikaka Krishi Kendra, as the farm is popularly called, is named after Bhaikaka, the illustrious grand-father of the farmer, who was instrumental in the planning of the nearby town of Vallabh Vidyanagar.
The Bhaikaka Krishi Kendra is a 40 acre integrated, holistic Organic & Biodynamic farm that incorporates all aspects of farming like vegetables, cereals, fodder, animals, agro-forestry, water harvesting, orchards, etc. The main focus of the farm is the dairy of nearly 100 animals & the production of a rich variety of fodder to feed these animals. The farm produces about 300-350 liters of milk every day and has been catering to 85 customers and a 500 bed hospital in Vallabh Vidyanagar for last 25 years. The farm also produces a variety of fruits like chikoo, mango, custard apple, litchi, papaya, mosambi, lime etc. Over 40 different vegetables are grown mostly in the winter months. Carefully designed trenches & ponds ensure that all the rain water is harvested. A variety of cereals & pulses like oats, bajra, barley, wheat are grown.
This farm is prominently featured in the internationally acclaimed movie ‘One Man, One Cow, One Planet’ where Peter Proctor who is considered the Father of Indian Biodynamic Agriculture says that this is one of the best Biodynamic Farms in the world that he has seen. Peter stayed on this farm for a year in 2006 and helped turn this organic farm into a vibrant Biodynamic farm.
A prominent goal of the farm is to disseminate the art and knowledge of sustainable farming to small & marginal farmers. The farm also conducts regular training courses in organic and biodynamic farming with the help of renowned experts like David Hogg. The third biennial OFAI (Organic Farming Association of India) conference took place amidst the farm’s verdant bamboo groves & hosted over 700 farmers from all over India. This farm has become a pilgrimage for farmers and farming enthusiasts interested in learning about ecologically safe & sustainable methods in farming.
"Farming Is One Of The Few Occupations In Which You Have The Perfect Balance Of The Heart, Mind and Body" - George Henderson